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Dr. Richard Land: An Open Letter to Newt Gingrich (Why Evangelical Women Don't Trust You)
Christian Post ^ | 11/30/2011 | Richard Land

Posted on 11/30/2011 8:31:57 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Mr. Speaker,

Well done! You have risen beyond relevancy to serious competiveness by your grip, erudition and intelligence. You have come back from the political equivalent of Hospice care to become a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president.

You’re obviously extremely bright, knowledgeable, experienced on the issues and fully able to go toe-to-toe with the formidable campaigner President Obama has amply demonstrated that he is.

By the way, your idea of a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates between you and the president if you are the nominee is a great idea. Those debates would do much to clarify and explain the critically important decisions that Americans will be making about their and their children’s future in the 2012 election.

However (and you have known me long enough to know that the “however” was coming), you still have some significant problems with Evangelical voters. These voters are, and will be, an important factor in both the primaries and general election.

Over the past three years, I have conducted more than 200 informal focus groups with Southern Baptists across the land, in rural, urban, suburban and exurban settings. Mr. Speaker, I have good news and I have bad news.

The good news is, as you know Evangelicals are a forgiving people, who having experienced redemption and forgiveness in their own spiritual lives, are most often willing to extend it to others who ask for it. Consequently, a high percentage of Evangelical men are willing to cut you some slack over your turbulent marital history. The bad news is that Evangelical women are far less willing to forgive and let bygones be bygones. There is a large and significant gender gap on the issue of your two previous marriages. My research would indicate a majority of men, but less than a third of Evangelical women are currently willing to trust you as their president.

Even my own mother, a rock-solid Evangelical, was extremely uncomfortable voting for Sen. John McCain until he acknowledged to Rick Warren that the failure of his first marriage was the greatest regret of his life and it was his fault.

Mr. Speaker, if you want to get large numbers of Evangelicals, particularly women, to vote for you, you must address the issue of your marital past in a way that allays the fears of Evangelical women.

You must address this issue of your marital past directly and transparently and ask folks to forgive you and give you their trust and their vote.

Mr. Speaker, I urge you to pick a pro-family venue and give a speech (not an interview) addressing your martial history once and for all. It should be clear that this speech will be “it” and will not be repeated, only referenced.

As you prepare that speech, you should picture in your mind a 40-something Evangelical married woman whose 40-something sister just had her heart broken by an Evangelical husband who has just filed for divorce, having previously promised in church, before God, his wife and “these assembled witnesses” to “love, honor and cherish until death us do part.”

Focus on her as if she were your only audience. You understand people vote for president differently than they do any other office. It is often more of a courtship than a job interview. I know something of your faith journey over the past 20 years. Do not hesitate to weave that into your speech to the degree that you are comfortable doing so. It will always resonate with Evangelical Christians.

You need to make it as clear as you possibly can that you deeply regret your past actions and that you do understand the anguish and suffering they caused others including your former spouses. Make it as clear as you can that you have apologized for the hurt your actions caused and that you have learned from your past misdeeds. Express your love for, and loyalty to, your wife and your commitment to your marriage. Promise your fellow Americans that if they are generous enough to trust you with the presidency, you will not let them down and that there will be no moral scandals in a Gingrich White House.

Such a speech would not convince everyone to vote for you, but it might surprise you how many Evangelicals, immersed in a spiritual tradition of confession, redemption, forgiveness and second and third chances, might.

Your fellow American,

Richard Land


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: churchladies; evangelical; gingrich; morality; newt

1 posted on 11/30/2011 8:32:03 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, I guess those poor li’l evangelicals can just re-elect an America-hating muslim.


2 posted on 11/30/2011 8:34:36 AM PST by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: Sans-Culotte
Or those evangelicals and others may vote for someone else in the primary race, and Newt may never get the opportunity to face Obama in an election race.
3 posted on 11/30/2011 8:37:07 AM PST by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Sans-Culotte

Land hardly speaks for all Southern Baptists and is himself off the reservation quite a bit.

One could argue he is the most socially liberal SBC head ever.

Not my cup of tea.

Newt’s affairs are fair game and I think he will defend himself fine.


4 posted on 11/30/2011 8:39:58 AM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: SeekAndFind
My first disappointment with Newt was when right after he was elected Speaker, he signed a multimillion dollar book deal.

He was cashing in already and has never stopped since.

He has earned 100 million dollars in the last 10 years cashing in on his influence and contacts.

Its free enterprise, but its slimy.

5 posted on 11/30/2011 8:43:03 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not up to evangelical women to forgive him. Newt converted to Catholicism, and assuming he made a good confession about his adultry, was forgiven.


6 posted on 11/30/2011 8:44:24 AM PST by Lou Budvis
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To: Mikey_1962

RE: Its free enterprise, but its slimy.

When is it OK to start cashing in after we step out of office?

Or is the answer NEVER?


7 posted on 11/30/2011 8:44:53 AM PST by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind

Land is correct. It is a character issue and forgiveness can happen, repentance can happen but what will he do in the future. His faithfulness is not about personal issues, it is about how he will make decisions in the future. His dancing with the liberal democrats on issues like global warming and single payer health care are just two examples. Some very troubling statements have been made AFTER his renewal of faith. I wish he had proven himself faithful in most things but I don’t know if he has been faithful in even a little.


8 posted on 11/30/2011 8:45:35 AM PST by outinyellowdogcountry
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To: SeekAndFind

Newt himself is a Roman Catholic. To judge by the attitude some Freepers have toward Catholicism, he’s have bigger problems with Evangelicals than just his two divorces.

Come to think of it, how did Newt get remarried and become a Catholic with two divorces? Did he get those annulled or what?


9 posted on 11/30/2011 8:46:31 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: Lou Budvis

RE: It’s not up to evangelical women to forgive him

It’s still a huge chunk of votes he has to woo whether he is evangelical or not. Unless of course, he doesn’t need the votes....


10 posted on 11/30/2011 8:46:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
Although some will dismiss Richard Land as being overly focused on Gingrich's martial history, the Herman Cain experience has made it crystal clear that the left (and the GOP establishment) are going to use insinuations and outright accusations of martial infidelity as a wedge to drive away conservative women voters from the conservative candidate. Sadly, it is all too effective. We can bemoan the fact that women voters are too easily swayed by unsubstantiated accusations of marital infidelity but when the moaning is done, the reality is that the Cain experience (and I still support him) has shown the enemies of conservatism that all they have to do is find a woman acquaintance that is willing to lie and accuse the conservative candidate of sexual harassment or having an 'affair' and he suddenly drops like a rock in the polls and has to struggle to maintain his political viability as women, often conservative women, abandon him. With Newt's martial history, this looms as a huge problem for him. One that his political enemies are likely salivating over in anticipation of using Newt's rocky martial history against him in hopes of driving away female voters. A speech much like the one suggested by Richard Land would help thwart the negative effect of the expected attacks on Newt's character via his marriage history. I doubt Gingrich will do this - but he should.

Did I mention that I still support Herman Cain?

11 posted on 11/30/2011 8:47:04 AM PST by Jim Scott (on the 'Cain Train')
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To: ottbmare
how did Newt get remarried and become a Catholic with two divorces? Did he get those annulled or what?

I'm not a Catholic myself, but isn't there a difference made between what someone has done pre-conversion and what they do as a Catholic? Clean slate, as it were? Any priests reading?

12 posted on 11/30/2011 8:57:39 AM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Evangelical women might just might be the bunch that ends up with another King Obama 4 years. All of this complaining works for the communists party formally the Democratic Party. So have at it.
13 posted on 11/30/2011 8:57:54 AM PST by Logical me
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To: Logical me
Evangelical women might just might be the bunch that ends up with another King Obama 4 years.

So true. Choosing a president is a matter of selecting from among a very limited number of poor choices. It is best to choose wisely.

14 posted on 11/30/2011 9:01:04 AM PST by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Never heard of Mr. Land, but his letter does not sound like a chriatian type letter to me.

As far a Christian women not voting for NEWT, all the Christian women I know, WILL be voting for NEWT.

15 posted on 11/30/2011 9:03:03 AM PST by annieokie
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To: SeekAndFind

Eisenhower left a pretty good example.


16 posted on 11/30/2011 9:03:37 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am a Christian woman. Given the choice between Newt Gingrich (who is an unlikeable man) and Barack Obama, I would actually campaign and work for Gingrich. I do not look for perfection in a President. I look for a man of ideas who can bring this country out of the doldrums and restore American greatness. Most important, I want a President who will stop stending money this country does not have and will stop creating ‘classes’ of people to pit against one another. Only God is perfect.........


17 posted on 11/30/2011 9:09:42 AM PST by JudyM (JudyM)
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To: SeekAndFind
Land is correct about the evangelical women but I dare say that it isn't merely the evangelical ladies who are turned off by Newt's alley-cat ways.

These actions, forgiven by God or not, remind other women of another articulate, slick guy who is good making a "sow's ear sound like a silk purse," and that guy would be none other than Bill Clinton.

Do we want to witness such scum sitting in the Oval Office and feel comfortable that he'll not find another Monica cavorting around the corner - I think not.

18 posted on 11/30/2011 9:11:54 AM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: SeekAndFind
Land is correct about the evangelical women but I dare say that it isn't merely the evangelical ladies who are turned off by Newt's alley-cat ways.

These actions, forgiven by God or not, remind other women of another articulate, slick guy who is good making a "sow's ear sound like a silk purse," and that guy would be none other than Bill Clinton.

Do we want to witness such scum sitting in the Oval Office and feel comfortable that he'll not find another Monica cavorting around the corner - I think not.

19 posted on 11/30/2011 9:12:12 AM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: Genoa

You get a “clean slate” if your coming into the Catholic Church (or any Christian community, for that matter) includes being baptized (Important: baptism is a non-repeatable, once-in-a-lifetime event).

Since Newt was presumably already baptized, he did not get a clean slate by virtue of being baptized when he became a Catholic. He did get a clean slate by virtue of receiving the Sacrament of Penance at that time, but his ability to do so was contingent on his two prior marriages being annulled. I have no information about the grounds for annulment in either case, but have no trouble believing that valid reasons did exist. I accept his conversion as genuine.

The fact that Newt is now a Catholic with access to the sacraments pleases me personally, but has no bearing on my interest in supporting him politically. It certainly does not make him a saint. I think Newt’s a phony, a windbag, a prodigious ego, and not to be trusted. I disagree with his support of torture. I am not aware that he’s ever renounced past statements he’s made in favor of embryonic stem cell research. I will not be voting for him in either the primary or general election.


20 posted on 11/30/2011 9:19:55 AM PST by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: Mikey_1962

Yeah, shameful isn’t it that the many made money. BTW, what did he do with that money? I’ve heard much has been donated to charities, but that doesn’t matter, he’s a slime bag according to you.


21 posted on 11/30/2011 9:23:58 AM PST by nikos1121 (Stand up is hard if you're not funny.)
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To: SeekAndFind; All

This seems like sound advice to me. I see no reason for folks to get snarky about it.

I believe Newt has already acknowledged wrong, but it would be wise to do so again as Land suggests. I don’t think this is a “make or break” thing, but I do believe it would make him more palatible to conservative evangelicals that have problems with his past infidelities.


22 posted on 11/30/2011 9:35:39 AM PST by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: SeekAndFind

GEEZ people he isn’t running to be your husband.Granted he isn’t my first choice but I’d vote for him in a heartbeat over having who is in office serve a second term.


23 posted on 11/30/2011 9:50:25 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: ottbmare

That only applies to Catholics and marriages preformed in the Church or approved by the Church.Marriages outside of it and before conversion are not recognized by the Church.


24 posted on 11/30/2011 9:53:13 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind
Will conservative women forgive Newt?

That's something that has to be considered.

25 posted on 11/30/2011 9:55:36 AM PST by Tribune7 (Perry, Newt, Cain or Santorum)
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To: SeekAndFind
Will conservative women forgive Newt?

That's something that has to be considered.

26 posted on 11/30/2011 9:55:52 AM PST by Tribune7 (Perry, Newt, Cain or Santorum)
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To: chris_bdba

Well, not exactly. I had to look into this issue because I too was divorced before I became a Catholic. The Church does recognize the validity of marriages that weren’t performed by a Catholic priest. If you become a Catholic and want to get married in the Catholic Church, you need to take care of those loose ends from your previous marriages.


27 posted on 11/30/2011 9:57:21 AM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: nikos1121
I’ve heard much has been donated to charities, but that doesn’t matter, he’s a slime bag according to you.

Do not put words in my mouth, I never said he was a slime bag.

I said what he does is slimy: cashing in immediately after being elected Speaker, and continuing to cash in after leaving his wives and his offices.

You evidently believe this behavior is acceptable.

28 posted on 11/30/2011 10:19:38 AM PST by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Lou Budvis

It’s not up to evangelical women to forgive him. Newt converted to Catholicism, and assuming he made a good confession about his adultry, was forgiven.

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Um, perhaps you missed the context of this discussion. This is about an election, not his eternal soul. The word forgiveness has other uses besides one’s relationship with God.


29 posted on 11/30/2011 10:27:17 AM PST by dmz
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To: ottbmare

Oh ok I was told something different by the church.I was born Catholic but married the first time out of church and was told that it was not viewed as valid and would not need to be annulled of course it did not last long and no kids.


30 posted on 11/30/2011 10:51:45 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: Coldwater Creek

PING


31 posted on 11/30/2011 11:45:54 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: SeekAndFind
There sure is a lot of talk about Newt and the “Evangelical voters”. He's done a ton of “outreach” to this one segment of the population. What about Catholic voters? I guess Newt feels, ala John Kerry, that he is automatically ENTITLED to our votes now since he now calls himself a Catholic. Noted.
32 posted on 11/30/2011 12:25:04 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: SeekAndFind

Theodore H. White, who wrote the “Making of the President” books, said the ONLY presidential candidates who never fooled around were Harry Truman, George Romney and Jimmy Carter. That, to me, says a lot about the Romney family’s character.


33 posted on 11/30/2011 12:26:04 PM PST by TroutFishingInAmerica ("I remember, with particular amusement, men in three-cornered hats, fishing in the dawn")
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To: ottbmare
>> The Church does recognize the validity of marriages that weren’t performed by a Catholic priest. If you become a Catholic and want to get married in the Catholic Church, you need to take care of those loose ends from your previous marriages. <<

Newt got around that little problem by marrying Callista first in a nondenominational ceremony, THEN converting to Catholicism 2 years later.

34 posted on 11/30/2011 12:28:15 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: annieokie
>> all the Christian women I know, WILL be voting for NEWT. <<

Since the United States is over 70% Christian, if everyone in America votes like the women you know, Newt will win in a landslide. Of course Perry supporters also tell me that everyone supports Perry because he is a "Christian" and those who do not "hate Christians".

35 posted on 11/30/2011 12:31:24 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: BillyBoy
My mother is a conservative Catholic woman who will vote in the primary. If Newt wants her vote, it's not going to be easy. She never liked Newt, and despises Clinton (who was referred to as simply the a-hole) on the level I despise Obama. It was partially politics, but more character.

I'm at the anybody but Romney point, but I won't be enthusiastic for Newt, or frankly any of them. At least Newt helped sort of balanced a budget.

36 posted on 11/30/2011 12:41:13 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Anybody but Romney or Obama)
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To: wardaddy

We are in agreement over Richard Lamb. I don’t trust him.


37 posted on 11/30/2011 1:11:56 PM PST by ducttape45
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To: ducttape45

maybe I made a mistake

is this Richard Land a different feller?

you’re right ..SBC man is Lamb


38 posted on 11/30/2011 7:21:08 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: annieokie

nearly all my Christian kin in Mississippi and here...women too

have gone same as I

Sarah, Michelle, Perry briefly and now Newt

some peeked as Cain too

Newt is far more popular amongst folks I know than he is with freepers, Levin and Savage


39 posted on 11/30/2011 7:22:59 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: BillyBoy
I'm giggling over this: "Of course Perry supporters also tell me that everyone supports Perry because he is a "Christian" and those who do not "hate Christians".

Don't really know what to say about that, just is funny.

Perry is a good man, and I do like him, would have NO problem voting for him.

The response I get from these women, is Newt's ability to speak well on any issue, his ideas, etc. We are not looking for a spiritual leader, we already have one, and we are more than aware of that wonderful "Amazing Grace".

40 posted on 11/30/2011 9:17:35 PM PST by annieokie
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To: wardaddy

Same here.I keep hearing how Newt will make Obama look terrible in the debates.He’s already thrown out the “he can use the teleprompter if he needs to”...which makes Obama look really small.


41 posted on 12/01/2011 9:44:38 AM PST by chris_bdba
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